Continuation is the selective process of retaining commissioned officers, serving in permanent grades above lieutenant junior grade (O-2), serving as permanent limited duty officers (LDOs), or serving as chief warrant officers (CWOs), who are subject to involuntary discharge or retirement for years of service or failures of selection (FOS) for promotion. The Secretary of the Navy approves an annual Officer Continuation Plan to establish fiscal year (FY) continuation policy by grade, competitive category, and/or military specialties to meet service requirements. A NAVADMIN message communicating the continuation policy for the next FY is released annually, normally in December, and can be amended by subsequent NAVADMIN messages.
U.S. Code, Title 10, Sections 580, 637, 637a, 1305, and 8372 and Secretary of the Navy Instructions SECNAVINST 1920.7C and SECNAVINST 1412.8C are the governing directives for officer continuations.
Active Duty Officer Continuation Selection Boards and Announcement of Continuation Policy:
Reserve Officer Continuation Selection Boards and Announcement of Continuation Policy:
Continuation Selection Board results will be available to officers individually via their own BUPERS Online (BOL) account access. If there is an associated promotion selection board, continuation results will post to BOL shortly after promotion selections are released by ALNAV message.
NOTE: 1) Except for CAPTs selected for continuation beyond 30 YCS, officers selected for continuation are assumed to accept it unless they decline. To decline continuation, an officer must do so in writing to Commander, Navy Personnel Command.
2) CAPTs selected for continuation beyond 30 YCS should contact their detailer regarding acceptance or declination of continuation.
Many common questions about continuation and 2XFOS are answered in:
To decline continuation, the following sample letter is provided:
Selective Early Retirement
U.S. Code, Title 10, Section 638 and SECNAVINST 1920.8 are the governing directives for officer Selective Early Retirement.
For additional assistance contact MyNavy Career Center at:
(COMM) 1-833-330-MNCC (6622) or (901) 874-MNCC (6622)
FY-20 SELECTIVE EARLY RETIREMENT BOARD
FY-19 SELECTIVE EARLY RETIREMENT BOARD